The Little Match Girl by Christian Andersen
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One evening at the end of the year, a little girl barefoot offered her matchboxes to passersby. They huddled in their wool coats and bought her no matchbox, moreover they passed her without seeing her. The girl shivered and to warm fingers, she decided to turn some matches. Through the flames, she saw all the wonders of Christmas, but mostly she saw the person she loved so much ... She felt a great joy but for how long?
A nice Christmas story from Christian Andersen illustrated with great sensitivity by Floriane Mercier
 

About Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University. Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd. Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures. Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875. Kveta Pacovsk lives in the Czech Republic. Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and has worked as a translator for a number of years, primarily from German and French. Her translations include works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people including classic German works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff and Christian Morgenstern. Bell has also served on the committee of the Translators` Association and the jury panel of the Schlegel-Tieck German translation prize in Great Britain. She has been the recipient of a number of translation prizes and awards, among them the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute (Viking) and the first Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life (Andersen Press). Bell was selected by a five-member jury as the recipient of the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translatorżs Prize for her exceptional translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, published Random House. He also won the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone.
 
Published November 30, 2012 by see notes for publisher info. 24 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Written for the 2005 bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen but only now getting its UK premiere, The Little Match Girl shows the Tiger Lillies back in the familiar milieu of fairytales.

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Buy it from Buy the CD Download as MP3 David Lang Little Match Girl Passion (Theatre of Voices/Paul Hillier) Harmonia Mundi 2009 The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pul...

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Publishers Weekly

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Isadora's (Isadora Dances) haunting retelling of this classic tale leaves Disney's cotton-candy version far behind.

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No matter how often it's retold, no matter how many illustrators tackle it, Andersen's classic tale of the lovelorn mermaid never grows stale.

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If the entries in Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (see review above) dilute the headiness of their models, this volume presents a close-to-pristine translation of one of Andersen's most popular works along with highly charged and rather adult illustrations.

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the right-hand page depicts a series of pastel smudges arranged in a grid that seem to stand for the tears and dirt on the Little Match Girl's face, but also resemble an artist's palette.

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"In this faithful retelling of the classic tale, Pinkney transports the heroine from Andersen's European setting to the bustling city streets and crowded tenements of early 1920s America," said PW in a starred review.

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The warm, comforting visions (a sumptuous feast, a twinkling Christmas tree, her late grandmother's loving face) that appear to the girl as she slowly burns through her wares shine bright as day in Pinkney's vividly detailed ink-and-watercolor compositions, as finely wrought as his admirers expect.

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The first motet was overshadowed by Newton's Mass, and the second was outshined as well: by the final piece of the night, David Lang's "the little match girl passion."

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Having starred in Kneehigh Theatre's West End hit 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg', international cabaret sensation Meow Meow takes up residency at Southbank Centre, with a sizzling show that will defrost even the coldest of hearts.

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